Professor Rhonda Galbally AO
Professor Rhonda Galbally AO is a member of the NDIA Board and Principal Member of NDIA's Independent Advisory Council. She has spent more than 25 years leading non-profit, educational and community organisations and working on social, health and economic development.
She was also a member of the former National Disability Insurance Scheme Advisory Group.
Professor Galbally founded the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Australian International Health Institute, now the Nossal Institute. She was also the founding CEO of the Australian Commission for the Future and the Executive Director of the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Foundation, Chair of Philanthropy Australia, the Chair of the Royal Women's Hospital, and the Independent Chair of the competition policy review of medicines, poisons and chemicals. She was the transitional CEO of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency.
Professor Galbally was awarded an Order of Australia in 1990 and the Centenary Medal in 2003, in recognition of her service to the community. In 2012, Professor Galbally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the National Disability Awards.
Professor Linda Graham
Linda Graham is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She has published extensively and leads a number of research projects in inclusive education.
She is currently Chief Investigator on several externally funded research projects in inclusive education including “Which children develop severely disruptive school behaviour?” funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Linda has published more than 80 books, chapters and journal articles, as well as numerous pieces published in The Conversation and the AARE EduResearch Matters multi-author blog.
Linda also blogs at drlindagraham.wordpress.com.au. She can often be found on Twitter: @drlindagraham
Dr Robert Jackson
Bob Jackson is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University and a private consultant in disability and education. He is involved in research and teaching on disability and education at three Perth Universities.
From 1990 to 2003 he was at Edith Cowan University in the Centre for Disability Research and Development, where he was Director from 1998 and Associate Professor of Special Education from 2000. This Centre ran a Commonwealth funded Supported Employment Program and a research project on early intervention for children with autism, based around teaching reading from age 2. He has been closely involved with the teaching of Social Role Valorisation in Australia, spending time with Dr Wolfensberger in the US.
From 1995, Professor Jackson has been closely involved with school inclusion, advising families, teachers, schools and education systems on the rationale and practicalities of inclusion. This work has included a very extensive review of the literature on inclusion as well as presentations in all states to parents and teachers.
Currently Professor Jackson is working as a private consultant in disability and education but remains an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University. He is also involved in research and teaching on disability and education at three Perth Universities and is a co-founder of All Means All.
Professor Jackson is married with 3 grown children and lives in the hills east of Perth.
Jan Kruger is the Director of Imagine More, a family led organisation based in Canberra. Jan co-founded Imagine More in 2013 to strengthen family leadership and advocacy skills to enable people with disability to get the good things of life.
Michelle Sutton is an autistic parent of 6 in a multiply neurodivergent family. She is an advocate for neurodiversity and disability rights in both paid and volunteer roles.
Michelle’s website contains articles and resources used internationally in schools and by parents and professionals. In 2015 Michelle’s first book was published. ‘The Real Experts’ is a collection of essays written by autistic adults and edited by Michelle which help parents and professionals learn how to help autistic children thrive.
Michelle is a contributor to the group blogging project Respectfully Connected, where a team of neurodivergent parents from across the world who are raising neurodivergent children share their stories of gentle parenting.
Michelle is a Director of Autistic Families International, a community group creating change in families and communities by educating, encouraging, advocating, and upholding the rights of autistic parents, children and young people.
She is also Founder and Director of Neurodiversity Connect, a not for profit company that will work across Australia where neurodivergent people and their families seek support, community & inclusion. In her local community Michelle works with autistic young people as a mentor and advocate.
Gina Wilson-Burns is an unapologetic advocate for her son, she promotes the life changing experience of parenting a child with multiple severe disabilities not as a ‘traumatic or crushing experience’ but one of hope and possibilities, of love and laughter.
Gina is on the Family Advocacy management committee and was Chairperson from 2013-2016.
She was a participant in a knowledge sharing exchange with Inclusion Alberta, CA in 2009 along with 20 other representatives from Australia and NZ and is the author of the inclusive education blog Inky Ed!
Catia Malaquias is a lawyer, a co-founder of All Means All and the mother of three young children. She has extensive legal and strategic expertise and is committed to human rights and inclusion of people with disability in every area of life.
Catia is also a Director of the Attitude Foundation and Down Syndrome Australia. In 2016 Catia co-founded the School Inclusion Parent Network (SIPN) and the Global Alliance for Disability in Media (GADIM), an international platform that encourages actions to increase and improve representation of people with disability in the media.
In 2017 Catia was a Western Australian of the Year Finalist and in 2016 she was an Australian Human Rights Commission Community Individual Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award Finalist.
Catia has spoken at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and in 2015 she participated in the United Nations Day of General Discussion in Geneva on the right to inclusive education, which culminated in the General Comment No.4 (Article 24: Right to Inclusive Education) released by the United Nations in October 2016.